Gain the Power of Touch on Your Screens Sans a Replacement

July 28, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Concerned about the lack of ‘touch’ on your Windows 8 device? If you are, and do find it difficult to upgrade to a touch-screen monitor due to any reason,  here comes a better alternative.

Zmartframe is what we are excited about.  Simple, but innovative – that sums it up. This one is a new 19-inch add-on that can be attached to any monitor or all-in-one PC to make it touch supportive.

The Zmartframe can be used with 19-inch, 20-inch or 22-inch monitors having an aspect ratio of 16:9. That may not sound good to larger screen users. Probably, if you want to see and touch big, then it may be all down to nothing but replacement as of now.


The new device stems from ideas suggested by Anthony Ng and his team at Hong Kong-based Gowin Technology. And, it doesn’t just arrive as a normal touch-screen panel.

Apart from Windows connectivity, the panel could be used as a stand-alone Android touch-screen computer too. Powered by a dual core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 processor , 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB storage space, the device gives you the of a fully functional Android operating system with any older displays. With Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n connectivity, the device lacks an internal battery.

With a thickness of 17mm, Zmartframe comes with 8ms of response time and 2mm accuracy. That may not well sound like providing the best of touch experiences, compared with the other touch screen monitors. But then, it won’t bother much for those looking out for alternatives for the heavily priced replacement option.


The Zmartframe mode of usage depends on the connection cables plugged in. Plugging in using USB cable enables the device to automatically switch to the Windows mode while the HDMI interface enables the Android 4.2 version to boot up.

The Android version requires the device to be connected to an external power supply, due to the absence of power deliverance of the HDMI cable, unlike the USB cable

With a rumored price of around $130, it comes as a better option for those who would not prefer to spend extra cash for something better. The reasonable price tag definitely will trigger a thought in many minds when it hits the market. Let’s wait to see how it catches up.

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